Laptop Reviews

Acer: Swift 7 Is ‘World’s Thinnest Laptop’ | News & Opinion

The Swift 7 arrives in March starting at $1,699, but Acer has some cheaper systems on offer at CES, too, as well as launch dates and pricing for PCs it first announced at IFA. Acer today tipped its CES 2018 lineup, which includes the ultra-portable Swift 7 and the affordable Nitro 5 gaming laptop. Those systems are joined by the Spin 3 and Chromebook 11. Acer also revealed availability for the Switch 7 Black Edition and Predator Orion 9000 Series,…

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Acer’s Chromebook 11 brings USB-C charging to entry-level laptops

Acer’s hiding a quiet revolution in its mainstream Chromebook 11: two USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps) Type-C ports, which work for connectivity and for charging. Don’t run in a panic to the dongle store—you still get two USB 3.0 Type-A ports (whew!). But USB-C has remained rare in entry-level machines like the Chromebook 11. This tells us the tide is turning, and all the benefits of USB-C will soon be available even at budget levels.  Chromebook 11 specs and features The…

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HP recalls 50,000 batteries from consumer notebooks after meltdowns are reported

HP said this week that it’s recalling about 50,000 consumer notebook batteries for free, which were originally sold as part of a HP notebook itself or as a standalone accessory. The company said it had received eight reports of those batteries “overheating, melting, or charring.” Those reports included property damage and burns. Specifically, the affected notebook models include the HP ProBooks (64x G2 and G3 series, 65x G2 and G3 series), the HP x360 310 G2, as well as the HP…

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Samsung Tips Fresh 13-Inch Notebook 7 Spin Convertible | News & Opinion

A new version of Samsung’s convertible touch screen laptop is on the way early this year. Ahead of CES 2018, Samsung has announced a new version of the Notebook 7 Spin, a multipurpose laptop with a rotating display. The Spin 7’s 13.3-inch touch display can be folded 360 degrees, allowing users to set up the laptop in multiple modes. It will launch in the US in the first quarter of this year; pricing was not revealed. Inside is an eighth-generation…

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HP Recalls Laptop Batteries Over Fire Risk | News & Opinion

Own an HP laptop? It may contain a defective battery that poses a fire hazard and needs to be replaced. HP this week announced a worldwide voluntary safety recall and replacement program for about 52,600 laptop batteries, which “have the potential to overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to customers.” The recall affects batteries shipped with certain HP Probook, x360, Envy, Pavilion, and HP 11 notebook computers, plus certain HP ZBook mobile workstations sold worldwide from December 2015 through…

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White Dell XPS 13 Runs 8th-Gen Intel Processor | News & Opinion

Dell’s newest XPS 13 laptop brings new technology and eye-catching color schemes to shoppers starting today. The XPS lineup is known for its premium carbon fiber and metal build, which continues with this iteration. The most visible addition to the high-end ultraportable, however, is the white and rose gold color option, another example of what seems to be a returning trend of white laptops. The white glass fiber finish is stain resistant, made to fend off yellowing and markings, but…

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Razer Blade Stealth (13.3″ QHD+, Early 2018) Review & Rating

It wasn’t long ago that we reviewed the 13.3-inch Razer Blade Stealth, an excellent refreshed version of the non-gaming ultraportable that bumped up the screen size from previous versions. Now another update has arrived, with the changes coming on the inside in the form of an eighth-generation “Kaby Lake R” quad-core Intel processor. This new Blade Stealth ($1,499.99) and its two extra cores bring improved performance, especially on media tasks, and are worth the added $100 if you’re deciding between…

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Google Gets Fuchsia OS Running on Pixelbooks | News & Opinion

Nobody really knows what Fuchsia is for yet, that may also be the case inside Google. Google currently supports two operating systems: Android and Chrome OS for smartphones, tablets, and Chromebooks, But it has a new OS in development called Fuchsia, and documentation recently appeared showing developers how to run it on a Pixelbook. Very little is known about what Fuchsia is or what Google intends to do with it. It’s even been suggested Google isn’t quite sure yet. But…

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Best after-Christmas sales: 7 tech deals worthy of your gift cards

With Christmas upon us—and New Year’s Day a week away—the holiday sale madness is drawing to a close. But don’t despair, because we scoured the web to find deals that are still worth your time (and any gift cards you might have received). Our initial search turned up everything from antivirus suites to all-in-one PC, but there could still be more to come. We’ll update the listing if we spot any outstanding deals in the next few days. Be sure…

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